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A look at sitting Big 12 athletic directors

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Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione talks with reporters during the Big 12 meetings Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione talks with reporters during the Big 12 meetings Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

Rare is the athletic director who is the face of the athletic department. They hire the face of the athletic department and in some cases that hire even evolves into the face of the university.

The job tends to have a high turnover rate either because the AD's hires flop and the AD pays with his job or because the ambitious AD takes a higher-paying, more prestigious job.

Once Kansas hires a new AD — it's a good time to be in the market since the only real deadline is having a one in place before the start of next school year in mid-August — that will mean 40 percent of the conference's athletic directors will be in positions occupied by others as recently as the end of the 2016-17 basketball season. That's assuming no other vacancies come about before KU makes its hires.

A look at Big 12 athletic directors, listed in order of their hiring dates.

Big 12 school
Athletic Director
Previous position Date hired
Oklahoma
Joe Castiglione Missouri AD April, 1998
Oklahoma State Mike Holder OSU golf coach
Sep., 2005
Iowa State Jamie Pollard Wisconsin Deputy AD Sep., 2005
Texas Tech Kirby Hocutt Miami (Fla.) AD
Feb., 2011
West Virginia Shane Lyons Alabama Deputy AD Jan., 2015
Baylor Mack Rhoades Missouri AD July, 2016
Kansas State Gene Taylor Iowa Deputy AD April, 2017
Texas Chris Del Conte
TCU AD Dec., 2017
TCU Jeremiah Donati TCU Deputy AD Dec., 2017

Comments

Marius Rowlanski 6 months, 3 weeks ago

At least we will improve by subtraction... It would be nice to have an athletic director who sticks around for a decade or so.

John Brazelton 6 months, 3 weeks ago

The KU Chancellor, with an assist from KU Big Donors, gets to hire his guy for the job. A majority of bosses like to have subordinates on the job who owe their allegiance to the one who hired them.

[''] 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Who is your top guess? Can you do a probability ranking similar to what you did with Dorance's draft prospects?

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